The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

March 4, 2013

MCSD to launch community survey

Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The Medina Central School District is embarking on a new and innovative effort to engage all segments of the community and increase involvement in discussions on how to improve schools.

A survey to identify strengths and areas needing improvement will launch on March 18. The survey will ask parents, teachers, staff and students to weigh in on how well they feel their schools are performing in areas such as academic preparation, student support, school leadership, teacher quality, school operations and parent and community engagement.

The survey is mandated by the New York State Education Department for districts designated as Focus/Priority Schools. Superintendent Jeff Evoy said the information provided by the community will benefit local efforts to improve education at MCSD.

“We welcome this survey mandated by the New York State Education Department, as it invites everyone who interacts with our schools to share their thoughts on what we do well and where we can improve,” Evoy said. “And I promise that our conversations will continue beyond this one initiative. Engaging in an ongoing, constructive dialogue is the best way to work toward continuous improvement.”

The district is working with independent research and communication firm K12 Insight, which will administer the survey. The surveys will be received in an anonymous manner, with the identities of respondents kept secret from district administrators and state officials.

Medina’s goal is to ensure widespread participation and feedback. Parents, teachers and staff will receive email invitations to participate in the survey. Any parent who does not receive an email may also access the survey through a link posted at Surveys may also be accessed via smartphones.

Any parent without a computer or Internet access may access the survey at any district school or at Lee-Whedon Library. In addition, paper surveys may be requested by contacting Janice Jovanelly through the district office at 798- 2700, Option 6,1.

Students will take the survey in computer labs during the school day.

According to Evoy, these surveys are part of a comprehensive plan to engage all stakeholder groups on all major issues and to do so systemically and systematically every year.

The survey for students and staff will close on March 28, with the parents survey closing on April 8. Results will be shared with an Integrated Intervention Team, comprised of district representatives and outside experts including officials from the State Department of Education. This team will then follow up on this conversation through focus groups of students, teachers and parents, after which Evoy, will come back to the community with results.

“We embrace the opportunity to hear from all our stakeholders through this effort mandated by the state of New York, and I thank all our community partners who are helping us with outreach,” Evoy said. “I know that such transparency will help us build more trust which will lead to more productive collaboration as we work toward achieving our mission of providing equitable educational opportunities and experiences necessary to develop confident life-long learners.”